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Remembering Jerry Nelson (July 10, 1934-August 23, 2012)

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Oscarfan, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. Twisted Tails

    Twisted Tails Well-Known Member

    That would be Miss Piggy, right?
  2. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Sure we can!

    (Also, you forgot the word, "do" between the words, "can" and "something".)
  3. theSHE124

    theSHE124 Active Member

    Guys, let's not talk politics at an obituary! Total illogical going on here! :attitude:
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  4. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    You know, one reason why the Muppet performers are such big heroes/role models to me is that they are good people. They really care about making others happy. You don't get that as often as you'd like to.
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  5. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    :oops: Sorry about that.
  6. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    I sure agree with you, Mo.
    The Muppet performers have been always nice for years, especially Jerry Nelson.
    He has been my favorite performers since I first heard about him. :batty:
  7. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    As more tribute pictures come in, they just keep getting better and better.

    Erm...no...I don't think anyone does.

    Vincent was referring to how you called him Robbie.
  8. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

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  9. Bears Wear Hats

    Bears Wear Hats New Member

    The Cape and Islands NPR Station, Jerry Nelson's local station, did a Remembrance show to Jerry this past Tuesday. The NPR reporter, Sean Corcoran, who hosts the show, was a friend of Jerry's and interviewed him many times. There's lots of previously-unaired archival tape of Jerry. You can listen to it here:


    The reporter can be reached here: sean_corcoran@wgbh.org
  10. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Aaawww... That's so wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing. :batty::sing::smirk::cluck::fishy::crazy::search:
  11. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

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  12. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

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  13. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

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  14. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

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  15. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

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  16. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

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  17. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    Brian Jay Jones, the Jim Henson Company-sanctioned Jim Henson biographer, posted a short tribute to Nelson, with the promise of a longer one once he collects his thoughts. http://brianjayjones.com/
  18. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I don't know if this is the right place to bring this up or if I should just start another thread (but then I'm not sure what a good title would be), but has anyone noticed that although Jerry was always there, it seems he was given less characters in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, yet his existing Muppet show characters were also being underused in the 1990s?

    He was given many recurring characters on Sesame Street throughout the 1970s, and then after The Muppet Show began it seems like he hardly got any new recurring characters, though he often performed one-shot characters. Maybe part of it was due to Sesame Street getting so many new performers, perhaps making it neccessary to give new major characters to the newcomers. After all, during the 1970s, there were only six major performers on the show (though it seems that even with less performers Jerry got three out of every four new characters). I think the only new recurring SST characters he got afterwards are Two-Headed Monster, Mr. Chatterly, and H. Ross Parrot. For a good chunk of the 1980s Jerry Nelson was the lead on Fraggle Rock, and I think his time on Sesame Street might have been limited during this period (when making an Old School Vol. 3 contents wishlist I found myself having trouble thinking of many segments that feature Jerry's performances). Kathryn Mullen and Richard Hunt were the only other performers who were major on both shows, but even then, Richard focused more on Sesame Street (his Fraggle Rock characters being absent from just as many episodes as they appeared), and I don't think Kathryn had any recurring Sesame characters at all.

    Then Jerry Nelson was a major performer on The Jim Henson Hour, his only major character was Beard, who didn't seem to be too prominient until the last few episodes. His past recurring characters hardly appeared on the show, but he got many one-shot roles, and even a few great on-screen roles. Following the deaths of Henson and Hunt most of their characters were retired for a long period of time, and yet Jerry's characters seemed to be underused. He took over as Statler, whom he did perform once before Richard took over, and yet Statler seems to be his most-used TMS character during the 1990s (and even then, there was a four-year gap between Jerry and Dave's first Statler and Waldorf performance and their second). Robin was used quite a bit a little, mainly in productions aimed at younger audiences (the Muppet Babies "Yes I Can" video intros and Muppet Time). Floyd's most major '90s appearances seem to be on the few original Muppet albums that came out in the '90s. Other characters just popped up or stayed in the background. Statler was his most major character on Muppets Tonight, and his only new character was A. Ligator (who was really just his announcer voice with a recurring puppet attached to it), and again like on The Muppet Show and Jim Henson Hour many one-shot characters. He was also quite major in all the '90s Muppet movies, but usually his most major roles were created for the movies (well, technically the ghost of christmas past was created for the original Christmas Carol...). With the deaths of Jim and Richard they seemed to increase the roles of a number of characters (with Rizzo finally becoming one of the main five at the time and Bunsen and Beaker being a bit more major than they were in the 1980s), it's a shame they didn't also expand the roles of some of Jerry's characters, like Lew Zealand, Pops, and Dr. Strangepork (while Robin and Camilla seem to have been less major then).

    The Jim Henson Company did many new shows throughout the 1990s, and yet Jerry Nelson was hardly part of any. He wasn't on Dog City, The Animal Show, or Bear in the Big Blue House, and I don't think he was on Dinosaurs (I think he was on The Secret Life of Toys, though).
  19. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    He wasn't on The Ghost of Faffner Hall, Big Bag, Mopatop's Shop and City Kids either.
  20. Collgoff

    Collgoff Well-Known Member

    Wow Minor Muppetz you sure has a lot of things to say.

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